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04. March 2019

ASK’s Technical Center in Hilden Celebrates 10 Years

ASK’s Technical Center in Hilden Celebrates 10 Years

Networking – Innovation – Passion


10 years ago, the technical center was opened in the historic ASK facilities in Hilden. Since then, ASK has been running the project with passion and in close cooperation with its customers. The celebration was a fitting tribute to such an anniversary.

Jörg Brotzki, EMEA Executive Vice President of ASK Chemicals and CEO Frank Coenen were delighted to welcome more than 120 guests from the foundry industry manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the key representatives of the industry‘s associations and universities. The brilliantly organized festive evening was followed by a day of exciting lectures. Especially in times of change and upheaval, the willingness to innovate is especially important, but also the fostering of established networks and trust.

"The network concept, the qualification of our teams and their passion for the field of casting are key success factors when it comes to developing innovative and value-adding solutions for our customers. We recognized this early on and have been relying on this recipe for success for more than ten years, in which the pilot plant plays a central role." Jörg Brotzki

The technical center helps to achieve customer-oriented, solution-oriented results and was thus a milestone project. That's what they want to build on at ASK: the challenges of an increasingly networked industry with faster development cycles require the highest levels of innovation. This concerns foundry chemistry as well as the competition for the best engineers and the achievement of the highest environmental standards and limit values worldwide. Over the past 10 years, ASK Chemicals has continuously invested to provide its customers with value-added products and solutions. The most recent investment is the 3D printing laboratory set up two years ago for the application-oriented development of inorganic and organic binders for 3D sand printing.

The successful anniversary celebration was rounded out with a series of interesting lectures:

Shaping the Future Together – Then Importance of Industry and Association 
Max Schumacher (BDG)

35 Years od Development and History of ASK Chemicals Foundry Systems at Daimler Foundries
Heinz A. Trzmiel, head of international Foundry Projects Daimler AG

How 3D Printing Changes the Foundry Industry
Dr. Ingo Ederer, CEO, voxeljet AG

Insights into Research, Innovation and Cooperation for the Future Orientation and Safeguarding of the Competitiveness of the German Foundry Industry in the Context of Global Markets and Technological Developments
Univ.-Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier, University of Kassel

Multiple Restrictions in the Modern Foundry and how to Find Good Solutions
Stefan Mettler, Technical Director, DIHAG Holding GmbH

Incorporating Customer Experience into the Innovation Process
Dr. Jens Müller, Global Head of R&D, ASK Chemicals 

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